Dalton Kellett is returning to AJ Foyt Racing in 2021 and with an upgrade to full-time status.
The 27-year-old Canadian will drive the team's No. 4 Chevrolet full-time in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR Series after sharing the No. 14 entry with veterans Sebastien Bourdais and Tony Kanaan as a rookie. K-Line Insulators USA returns as the primary sponsor, moving from the No. 14 to the No. 4 for the upcoming season.
"I couldn't be more excited to be back with AJ Foyt Racing for the 2021 season,” said Kellett, who lives in Indianapolis. “Securing a full-time ride is a big boost heading into my sophomore year in INDYCAR. Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19 in 2020, A.J., Larry, and the Foyt team continued to develop their car and elevate the program, while standing by their employees and partners. That’s the kind of team I'm proud to both race for and be a part of. Being paired with Sebastien will be a great opportunity to continue to learn from one of the most experienced veterans in the field. I can't wait to get back on the track for off-season testing and back behind the wheel in 2021."
Kellett, who drove in eight races for Foyt in 2020, will join the previously announced Bourdais in the team's lineup. Despite the challenges of a rookie season taking place during a pandemic, which sharply curtailed the normal track activity, Kellett displayed a keen ability to stay focused and adapt, which factored into Foyt’s decision to retain him for 2021.
“We are very happy to have Dalton back with the team and more importantly that he will be driving full-time,” said team president Larry Foyt. “With the limited track time in 2020, it was a tough year to be a rookie, but he jumped in with a great attitude and adjusted to the Indy car quite well. He was getting quicker with each event and had a great test at Barber [Motorsports Park] recently. I think Dalton will truly benefit from having four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais there full-time. I’m really looking forward to seeing how our team progresses in 2021.”
The first scheduled team test will be in January at Sebring International Raceway in central Florida. The 2021 INDYCAR season gets underway on Sunday, March 7 in St. Petersburg, Fla.